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4 Steps to Improved Immunity

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Find yourself getting frequent colds? Your immune system may not be functioning as it’s supposed to.

A properly functioning immune system is necessary for optimal health. But how do you get one? Follow these do’s and don’ts to help your body fend off sickness and make room for health.

1. DO take probiotics. Probiotics are the good bacteria that go into the digestive system and aid in the digestion of your food. Research has recently linked the strength of the immune system to the quantity of probiotics inside the stomach.

2. DON’T subject yourself to sugar. Sugar is what many people know as an anti-nutrient. I am talking about the refined simple sugars that contain no nutrients and, upon entering the body, take nutrients away from the body’s storage to be metabolized into the system. Once these storehouses are depleted, then we have created a mess for our body and our immune system faces a greater challenge in fighting off colds and flus.

3. DO some Exercise. Regular exercise is one of the pillars of healthy living. It improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and protects against a variety of diseases. But does it help to boost your immune system naturally and keep it healthy? Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. It may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently.

4. DON’T let stress get to you. The more stress you subject yourself to, the weaker your immune system becomes. When our body is under stress we produce more cortisol, which is a stress hormone that increases blood pressure and blood sugar leading to a weakened immune system. The key here is to practice stress-relieving techniques such as meditation, yoga and exercise.

Do you have your own tips for a healthy immune system? Comment with your favorite tricks below.

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